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Datebook: Remi Lauvand, beer and BBQ festivals, and Mother's Day treats [updated]

May 6, 2009 |  3:56 pm



Catch him while you can Former Citrus at Social Hollywood chef Remi Lauvand is the featured guest chef at Cafe Pierre in Manhattan Beach. For two nights only, he'll prepare a special three-course menu featuring spring produce from the Santa Monica farmers market. Dishes include shaved Zuckerman asparagus salad, braised lamb shank and dark chocolate fondant. Cafe Pierre, 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. Today and Thursday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. $40. (310) 545-5252. www.cafepierre.com.


The will to grill Get your grill on at the second annual Los Angeles BBQ Festival, where 11 big-time pit masters will 'cue up a storm of pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken and more. Music by Tom Petty tribute band Petty Cash. Pacific Park at the corner of Ocean and Colorado avenues, Santa Monica. Saturday and Sunday. 1 to 6 p.m. $10 general admission, does not include food. (310) 709-3969. www.labbqfest.com.

On the origin of recipes Join scientist, author and historian Weslie Janeway for a discussion about the newly published "Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book: Revived and Illustrated." Janeway and co-author Dusha Bateson pored over a huge archive of Mrs. Darwin's work, writing, letters and recipes to piece together a vibrant account of the culinary habits of the famous family. Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 10:30 a.m. Free. (323) 663-5407. www.culinaryhistoriansofsoutherncalifornia.org. [An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the start time as 11:30 a.m.]

Beer me A group of self-professed "beer geeks," with the Los Angeles Craft and Artisanal Beer Appreciation League, are throwing what they say is L.A.'s first craft beer festival. The event features live music, 26 handcrafted beers from all over the state, as well as food by Hot Knives, Burrito Project and Pure Luck. Proceeds benefit Dave Eggers' nonprofit literacy tutoring program, 826LA. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd. 2 to 9 p.m. $30. Tickets can be purchased online at the Echoplex website, www.attheecho.com. For more information, go to www.lacabal.org/beerfest.


A rosy day Treat your mom to a relaxing brunch buffet created by Patina chefs and served in the idyllic environs of Descanso Gardens' Rose Pavilion. Menu items include French toast, Tuscan chicken salad and chocolate bread pudding, and a musical performance is available at 1 p.m. with purchase of brunch. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Saturday and Sunday. Seatings at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. $45 adults, $15 children. (818) 949-4200. www.descansogardens.org.

Someone's in the kitchen with mama Show the woman who raised you an inspiring display of chef-manship courtesy of Michelin star chef Sebastien Archambault at RH in the new Andaz Hotel. You and the family can watch him and his team cook and then pick up your meal from the kitchen counters. The main course will then be served family style for you and yours. RH Restaurant & Bar, Andaz West Hollywood, 8401 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $48 adults, $20 children. (323) 785-6090. www.andaz.com.

An arty celebration Do something out of the ordinary on Mom's special day by treating her to a special high tea or a four-course "Royal Mom" brunch at Royal/T cafe and gallery. Both options come with a complimentary mimosa. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $22, brunch; $25, high tea. (310) 559-6300.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Meat and smoke were king at last year's Los Angeles BBQ Festival. Credit: Dan Silberstein.